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Poached Cod with Orzo, Ramps, and Pecorino Romano Broth

This poached cod with orzo, ramps, and pecorino Romano broth combines garlicky, rich flavors with a mild, flaky fish that works perfectly as a light dinner.
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Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 521kcal


  • Wide pot


  • 12 ounces dry orzo
  • 1 pound cod
  • 1 small bunch ramps
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 rind cut from fresh pecorino Romano cheese
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 small lemon plus a few lemon slices for garnish, optional
  • Freshly ground pepper for serving


Prepare Ingredients:

  • Thoroughly wash the ramps and trim the bulbs. Cut the white parts from the leafy greens and keep separate. Peel the shallot and cut into quarters. Cut the lemon in half. Pat the cod dry and cut into 4 pieces.

Prepare the Broth:

  • In a wide pot, heat the 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium high. Add the shallot and white parts of the ramps and cook, stirring frequently, until browned all over, about 3-5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, cheese rind, and lemon halves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to allow the rind to melt (as much as possible) and the flavors to meld. Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large heat-proof bowl and discard any solids. Wipe the pot out and return the strained broth back to the pot and bring to a low simmer. Taste and season with salt if desired.

Prepare Orzo:

  • While the broth is cooking, prepare the orzo. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil and prepare the orzo according to package instructions. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle the orzo with 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and toss to combine. Set aside. Re-fill the small pot with water and return back to the stove over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath for the ramps.

Cook the Cod:

  • Right before poaching, season the cod with salt. Add the cod to the broth in the wide pot over a low simmer and cover. Poach for about 10 minutes or until the cod is opaque and cooked through, but not tough. Turn off the heat and keep covered.

Blanch the Ramps:

  • While the cod is cooking, bring the small pot of water to a boil. Add the ramp greens and blanch for about 30-45 seconds or until bright green and just wilted. Using tongs or a spider strainer, transfer the ramp greens to the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Transfer the ramps to a paper-towel lined plate.

To Serve:

  • Divide the cooked orzo between shallow bowls and arrange the ramp leaves and a lemon slice (optional) on top. Ladle the hot broth over the orzo and ramps and place a piece of poached cod on each dish. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!


Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 496mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 2mg
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